Temari: “But why are we turning on the leaf village? Didn’t we sign the Treaty of Alliance with them?!”
Baki: “Yes, we did… and that treaty is the whole problem.”
Kankuro: “I don’t get it, whad’ya mean?”
Baki: “You genin don’t know all the details of this, but when that Treaty of Alliance was signed, that idiot feudal lord who rules us used it as an opportunity to force military cutbacks on our village. He also delegated to the Hidden Leaf village matters that should have been handled by us. And even worse, he significantly cut our village’s budget and slashed the number of shinobi. When the head of our country is weak, we the arms and legs suffer. And so we took the only choice left to us—improve the quality of every shinobi to maintain our military strength. That’s why shinobi like you are created, Gaara. The Land of Wind’s very existence is in danger, more danger than it has ever been in before. But still that idiot feudal lord and all his incompetent advisors are too blind to see it. So the kazekage, who detected this weakening of the might of the Sand village joined hands with the Sound village to show our feudal lord his stupidity by crushing the Hidden Leaf village and restoring our own. This needs to be done to make that idiot aware of the importance of preparing for a crisis. If anymore time passes, the Sand village will be drained of its ability to fight against the Leaf village. This is our only chance. Now Gaara, this mission depends entirely upon your skills.”
Re-watching Naruto, this specific scene stuck out to me because I’m from a country with a lot of problems due to the higher-ups sitting above us and ruling with their own selfish desires in mind as opposed to what is the best course of action for their nation and its people. I find myself feeling incredibly sorry for Gaara and his siblings because they not only had their father killed and didn’t know it, but they were put in this position with all this responsibility to fight against another country just because the feudal lord put the Sand in this weak position.
These sort of things… I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to before, but it makes so much more sense why Sasuke had this hate for these people (aside from the fact that it caused the Uchiha massacre) sitting up there in their comfy chairs and handing out orders without realizing the impact it makes. Unless a person is super genuine and good-hearted that it doesn’t matter if they have experienced living at the bottom or not… a person placed at such a high seat should be someone who understands what it is like for those living at the bottom.
This especially relates to a lot of things happening these days… with the leaders doing whatever they want as long as the money is flowing into their pockets. It seems so impossible for someone to be placed at a top position who actually wants to work for the people and create positive change. What actually is even more sad is that if this does happen, there are a thousand sharks that would lurk around him/her that would prevent him from even doing his job thoroughly. There is just no unity anymore. No sense of good.
The first impressions we get of Sybil
are of her kindness and empathy (She
defends Edith’s crying after Patrick’s
funeral, tries to reassure Mary (“I
know you’re sad about Patrick. Whatever you say, I know it.”), and
she makes it her mission to help Gwen find a job as a secretary.).
We also get to
see her valuing morals early on, first through gentle remonstrations
to her sisters (Mary: “I
was only going to marry him if nothing better turned up.”, Sybil:
“Mary, what a horrid thing to say.”,
“You shouldn’t laugh, that’s so unkind.”
(about Mary and Edith likening Matthew to a sea monster)), but then
also by giving her opinion freely and being
perfectly honest about things (“Of
course it is [worth it],
because of the people who will live in them.” (about
Robert and Matthew restoring houses in the village), “I know this
is hard for you to grasp, but I’m not there to go out to dinner. I’m
there to learn.”, “He is a person. He can discuss other things.”,
“I’m nor eloping like a thief in the night. I might have once, but
Mary and Edith talked me out of it.”).
She has a deep interest in helping others and doing good (“Because
it’s the gloomy things that need our help. If everything in the
garden’s sunny, why meddle?”), and she is passionately immersed
in her causes (“Papa, I’m sorry I disobeyed you, but I’m
interested. I’m political. I have opinions.”, “Blame me.”, “I
will not give him up!”). Others
often mention her gentleness when describing her (Isobel:
“Her innocence will protect her.”, Mrs
Hughes: “The sweetest spirit under this roof has gone.”, Thomas: “In my life I can tell you not many have been kind to me. She was one of the few.”, Mrs Hughes: “She was a sweet, kind person.
And a real beauty.
Inside and out.”, Gwen: “Her kindness changed my life.”),
but also her single-mindedness (Matthew:
“I admire Sybil’s passion, though.”, O’Brien:
“So, Lady Sybil got off all right in the end. I’m afraid we have to
admit, she knows what she wants.” Cora: Yes. She certainly does.”,
Mary: “We can’t leave all the moral high
ground to Sybil. She might get lonely there.”, “But I am sure!
How many times do I have to say it?”, Anna:
“Aren’t I as strong as Lady Sybil?”,
Mary: “Sybil’s the strong one. She really doesn’t care what people
think, but I’m afraid I do.”, Branson: “There aren’t many as free as my Sybil.”).
She’s sensitive and quick to take offence
at indirect or implied criticism (“What do you want from me? Am I
to see if Sir Richard Carlisle has a younger brother? One who’s even
richer than he is?”, “Appropriate for whom?”, “I don’t
deserve to be told off. Not by her or by you.”, “Perhaps. But we
do have feelings and don’t make the mistake of thinking we don’t.”).
As she always gives 100% of herself into something, she desires the
same whole-heartedness from others (“Then be on my side!”).
Sybil enjoys the idea of something (“I
think it’s romantic.”, “Why, Granny, you’re a romantic.”) and
has no trouble in seeing possibilities everywhere, which
she often uses to cheer other people up
(“Then we must be ready by tomorrow, mustn’t we?”, “You’ll
see. We’re not giving up. No one hits the bull’s eye with the
first arrow.”, “Then I’m a fool for
I’m a long way from being beaten yet.”, “Then that’s why we
must stick together. Your dream is my dream now, and I’ll make it
come true.”, “But have you filled the post yet? Because I know
just the woman.”, “Trust me, you have a
talent that none of the rest of us have. Just find out what it is and
use it.”, “But you believed in him, whoever he was, and that’s
worth something.”). She’s
often frustrated at other people being unable to think outside the box (“Women must get the vote, mustn’t
they, Branson? Why does the prime minister resist the inevitable?”,
“Why will we only have officers? Surely all wounded men need to
convalesce.”, Mary: “The chauffeur?
Branson?” Sybil: “Oh, how disappointing of you.”, “But I’m
not giving up my world! They want to give me up. That’s their affair.
I’m perfectly happy to carry on being friends with everyone.”).
She usually believes the best of people (“I
expect Mary was just showing the duke the house, weren’t you?”)
and isn’t prejudiced against them because
of social rules (for example, she
tries to defend Matthew from her sisters when he first arrives).
She is excited with new ideas that are congruent with her values
(Fi-Ne), seen in her enthusiasm to help Gwen (“I think it’s
terrific that people make their own lives, especially women.”), her
interest in politics and feminism, even in
her love for Tom Branson (“That I’m ready to travel…and you are
my ticket.”). They
also help her when she’s feeling down (for example when Isobel cheers her
up by suggesting to train as a nurse and learn new things, like
cooking.) She often challenges the status
quo and doing things in a certain way just because it is done like that (“But nobody learns anything from a governess apart from French
and how to curtsy.”, “I don’t know why we bother with corsets.
Men don’t wear them and they look perfectly normal in their
clothes.”). She takes her inspirations
from the world around her and is constantly comparing situations and
ideas in her head (for example she has the idea for Gwen to fake being ill in
order to go to her interview from Anna having been ill the day
before, and she is inspired to give Tom her final answer by Matthew and
Lavinia announcing their marriage.). Since
she seeks meaning in everything, she doesn’t value things without
seeing a point to them (Ne-Te) (“But what is the point of Mama’s
soirees? What are they for?”).
Though fascinated by new ideas, Sybil
prefers to mix novelty with the familiar, and in details – for
example with her “new frock” (“Can
it be my choice this time?“, Edith: “What do you want her to make?” Sybil:
“Something new and exciting.”, “Is there anything more
thrilling than a new frock?”). She knows
her family well enough to not expect support in her political
interests (“I knew you wouldn’t approve.”), and
thus keeps her visiting political events a secret. She
is also bitter about them wanting to return to the state of things
before the war (Sybil always is completely
immersed in the present: Branson: “So you
wouldn’t go back? To your life before the war?” Sybil: “No. No, I
can never go back to that.”, “But I just can’t think about it
all until the war is over. It won’t be long now. So, will you
wait?”, “They were sighing for the old days at dinner, but all I
could do was think about how much more I want from life now than I
did then.”, “I don’t want to get used to it.”).
She pretends not to feel the parting when she goes to train as a
nurse, but once she is alone in the car, she starts to cry, and she
tells Branson that it’s hard for her to let go (“It’ll be hard to
let you go, my last link with home.”). She
also admits to him that she finds it hard to break away from her old world (“You say I’m a free spirit, and I hope I am. But you’re
asking me to give up my whole world and everyone in it.”), and
her meditation on whether or not she loves Branson takes two years.
After her hasty decision to elope with him, she is quickly persuaded by Mary and Edith to return to
Downton and to pursue a more open and gradual (Fi-Si) way of change (“I don’t like
deceit and our parents don’t deserve it. So, I’ll go back with
them.”). She also gets suddenly uncomfortable when Branson enters
the drawing-room to let them know about their engagement (“I don’t
think this is such a good idea. We mustn’t worry Granny.”).
She’s also uncomfortable with Branson
causing conflict after their return to Downton and tries to smooth
things over (“Please don’t talk about Ireland all the time. I just
want to make things easier for you.”).
Seen in her need to take action in order to help others (as with
Gwen), and later explored in her growing need for “real” work (“I
want to do a real job. Real work.”, “I know what it is to work
now. To have a full day, to be tired in a good way. I don’t
want to start dress fittings or paying calls or standing behind the
Sybil is always searching for a task in order to feel useful and to
have a purpose (“I
just feel so useless.”, “but I feel useful for the first time in
my life, and that must be a good thing.”).
also advises Edith to seek work as a remedy for her low spirits
(“It’s doing nothing that’s the enemy.”). She
is soft-spoken and kind, but she gets blunt and outspoken
when it comes to her opinions
and decisions. She is unapologetic about her values (“If
do I think women should have the vote,
of course I do.”, “But I don’t acknowledge it. You want me to
give up the man I love for a system I don’t believe in. Where’s
the sense in that?”),
and when really angry, she gets aggressive and tends to be harsh and
extreme (“If you punish Branson, I’ll never speak to you again,
never!”, “But if I find tomorrow that Branson is missing, I’ll
run away, I warn you.” […] “Well, I can’t think now, but I will
go, and you’ll be sorry.”, “I don’t want any money and you can
hardly lock me up until I die!”).
longs to live her feelings and values, finding satisfaction in an
“all or nothing”-attitude (“It
is drastic. There’s no going back once I’ve done it, but that’s what
I want. No going back.”, Branson:
“You won’t mind burning your bridges?”, Sybil: “Mind? Fetch
me the matches!”).
also has a streak of sarcasm (“Well, bully for that.”, “Am I so
weak you believe I could be talked out of giving my heart in five
minutes flat?”) and sass (“Then she can jolly well wait.”
hear!” (to Anna’s opinion on suffragettes),
“Good evening, everyone.” (showing
off her trousers), “Really, Branson, I thought I gave the orders.”,
“I shan’t sleep a wink.” Sybil: “Tonight or tomorrow.”
Violet: “Sybil, vulgarity is no substitute for wit.” Sybil:
“Well, you started it.”). Since
Te is her inferior function, it makes her prone to precipitous
action (seen for example in her elopement with Branson, or “Everyone knows that [how to fill a kettle]).
Zuko asks Aang to provide a miracle and restore hope to a village on the
brink of destruction due to a famine. Aang realizes it might be time to
let go of his excuses to not propose.
This story is for the Kataang Week 2017 “clouds” prompt and has some sweet fluff at the beginning and end, but it has a section that is much more dramatic in the middle. This story preceeds “My Heart in My Pocket” and starts to set up some of the context that will ultimately lead to Aang and Katara’s betrothal.
Rating: T; 4,774 words
The hawk had come late in the afternoon as they had been
packing up to move on after helping an Air Nomad settlement recover from a mud
slide that had nearly buried the entire village. The hawks always sought Katara out, even
though they had been sent to Aang because they knew she was the one more likely
to reward their efforts with a strip of dried meat. Katara recognized this one at once as once of
Zuko’s. Rather than alighting on her
proffered arm, it landed carefully on Katara’s shoulder and affectionately
leaned into the side of Katara’s face, nipping gently at her ear.
Aang laughed. “Those
hawks are entirely too fond of you! What
have you been feeding them?”
Eret living on Berk. Hiccup and Astrid making it his home.
Eret shacking up with Hiccup and Astrid as he settles into Berk. All three–four, including Valka–sleep in the loft of a survived stable during village restoration. The Haddock Household is renovated enough for Hiccup and Valka to feel comfortable sleeping there without being terrorized by memories.
Eret waking up one night to the sound of Hiccup’s fitful sleep–meeting Astrid’s eyes as she hovered over the chief, one hand brushing the hair from his furrowed brow. She puts a finger to her lips and beckons him closer to help keep Hiccup warm and comfortable and hopefully with sweeter dreams than the relived memories he hadn’t the time to work through.
Neither Hiccup nor Astrid ever realizing the oddness in how often they cater to Eret’s flying. When the Berk teens first got dragons, they were monitored, but much was self-taught. With Eret, he’ll be stopped mid air, approached, corrected and encouraged by the power-couple of Berk as though the project of getting him to feel comfortable in flying dragons is ongoing. Special treatment is passed around the village in snide whispers. All three are deaf to it.
Hiccup and Astrid’s habit of touching the scar over Eret’s heart, like they want to erase his past–not just his actions, but the fear and anger that drove them. Hiccup’s done it in the bathhouse and springs during laugardagur…bold fingers darting out, unthinking, wondering at the meaning behind the token. Astrid’s done it when it peaks from the collar of his clothing–revealed by shifting shoulders, a messy spar. She’ll press her entire palm to it and bite her lip, thinking back on the cruelty she saw from Drago now that she cared.
Astrid loving the fine, silken threads of Northern-northern hair. Sneaking up behind him and pulling the hair bind in the quieter moments when there’s no flying or building or fighting. She’ll run her fingers through the tresses without warning; grab the forelocks and insist on braiding braiding them. It takes a while for Eret to stop jumping at the sudden touching of his person. Hiccup laughs and tells Eret it’s better if he just lets it happen. Eret does–if only to be a part of the warm, easy atmosphere. It makes him feel like he belongs on Berk.
Hiccup and Astrid taking turns protecting Eret from Ruffnut. She claims her love for him died, but every now and then she’ll catch him at just the right angle for her impulses to take over. Stormfly happily going on protection detail at Astrid’s behest.
Eret lifting things. Gobber’s getting slower and softer, they’re down a set of muscles they hadn’t appreciated, and Eret picks things up for slight couple–literally and figuratively.
Eret lifting them. First Astrid when a pulled hamstring made her dismounting too slow. Eret reached up and grabbed her by the waist, lowering her to the ground. She whooped–caught off guard–and then laughed. She later directs Eret to bodily move Hiccup from his office space in the forge. Hiccup tries to use his authority to dissuade and intimidate Eret from carrying out the order. It nearly works. Nearly. Astrid’s joy and insistence draws Eret’s comfort in manhandling the young chief.
Eret being seen as Hiccup and Astrid's adoptedHooligan.
The title of this essay comes from a post by @corseque that was partially based on a conversation between @betterbemeta and @bonjiro
about Hylian imperialism. Although we can’t know for certain what happened
before The Wind Waker, I think there’s a lot we can learn from the game itself,
in which Ganondorf doesn’t actually seem like he’s out to hurt people.
During my current playthrough, I’ve been trying to keep
track of what is definitely Ganondorf’s fault, what is arguably not his fault,
what is probably not his fault, and what is in no way his fault. The conclusion I’ve
come to is that the Great Sea was a terrible and dangerous place before
Ganondorf ever arrived there. All things considered, Ganondorf’s presence might
even be considered as something of a stabilizing force in the lawless watery wilderness.
As a reminder, and a placeholder for my mobile followers, here are the links to all of my current guides (which can always be found on my blog’s navigation menu under “my guides”). I apologize for any mess within, as I haven’t had a lot of time lately to devote to cleaning them up / updating them further.
[A few mentions: I got the idea for this one from thegraygardenheadcanonshere and I wanted to try writing it out. Also, first time writing ANY of these characters, so there’s a high possibility that they’re OOC and yes, I know Etihw is agendered. I’m sorry that I used feminine pronouns and such, but it got really confusing after awhile of using agendered pronouns, so that means I need to practice writing agendered characters more. But otherwise, enjoy!~]
The mask grinned before vanishing completely revealing a blonde haired woman in a business suit. "Hello, miss Summoner. It's a negotiable donation, but I can assure you that it's a vast investment. Enough to buy the mist orphans a proper roof. Oh, where are my manners? Elena Aeromonte."
“Elena…?” How strange, this woman being garbed in an outfit unlike any she has ever seen before. But nevertheless…finding some uniqueness to it. But there were more pressing matters at hand than simply her outfit… This could mean the restoration of the village in Mist. But even more strange…she seemed to know who the summoner was. “…You seem to know who I am…but your offer seems interesting enough. But I must ask…how much gil does this involve?”
Powersaves opens up a whole new freedom with cycling, and I thought I would share the super easy method I’ve been using to both cycle and Powersave villagers in the most efficient manner possible.
Typically, when you Powersave a villager, you must ALWAYS remember to include their boxing date on the backup file name, because you have to set your DS or in-game time back to that exact date when you restore a backup file. If you don’t set it to the exact date, and you load the game on any other date, you will find that villager GONE when you load your game, because you just voided them. (Thankfully you can just go back to your backup and restore it again if this happens, and try again.)
That said, things can obviously get pretty complicated very fast if every villager you cycle out has a different boxing date. You have to start writing things down, and keeping track, and making notes, and… what if… they could all have the SAME BOXING DATE?
Oh my god, get ready: they CAN!
The brilliance of this ensures no matter which villager you restore from your backups, you will always go back to the same date, because they will all have the same boxing date. Less to remember, less to worry about. Let’s do it.
The pattern goes like this:
August 6th, 2014 – Julian is in boxes Save and exit, Powersave villager Optional: Reload game, adopt out villager, save and exit August 1st, 2013 Save and exit August 1st, 2014 – new villager is plotting Save and exit August 6th, 2014 – Marshal is in boxes, new villager moved in Save and exit, Powersave villager Optional: Reload game, adopt out villager, save and exit August 1st, 2013 Save and exit August 1st, 2014 – new villager is plotting Save and exit August 6th, 2014 – Punchy is in boxes, new villager moved in Save and exit, Powersave villager Optional: Reload game, adopt out villager, save and exit August 1st, 2013 Save and exit August 1st, 2014 – new villager is plotting Save and exit August 6th, 2014 – Zell is in boxes, new villager moved in Save and exit, powersave villager Optional: Reload game, adopt out villager, save and exit
(Thanks so much to dahlialia from the TBT forums for pointing this particular five-day/one-year cycle out! She uses different dates, but it’s the same cycle! I’ve modified it here to include my powersave notes.)
….. you get the picture. So, all of my boxing dates will be August 6, 2014 using these dates. Obviously, you can use any set of five days for this particular cycle, but I find going back between the 1st and the 6th is easiest for me (less counting).
This cycling method not only ensures that all of your Powersave backups have the same boxing date, but is also a GREAT way to just stick to one week in time, instead of TTing ahead thirty million years or 70 days at a time or something like that and continually going farther and farther ahead in time.
This cycle can also be used WITHOUT a Powersave device!
You can start the cycle on any day, so if your character is in boxes on the 20th, that’s fine! You’re still going to TT back one year and to the first day you want to start your cycle on (Day 1 for me) when you go to the next day.
This cycle ensures a villager is in boxes every third load and is great for people who want to speed cycle with their Powersaves.
Not only that, but since you can Powersave, you don’t have to worry about a villager in your cycling town that you want to keep ending up in boxes, because you can just save a copy of them in boxes and move them to your other town when you are ready and keep on going. No having to “skip” villagers.
Inviting Campers Into This Cycle
Yes, you can invite campers from the campsite into your town while using this cycle! It doesn’t mess things up in any way, nor do you have to change any dates! The cycle remains the same.
When you have a camper in campsite you really want to grab when using this cycle, THE DATES OF THE CYCLE WILL ALWAYS STAY THE SAME. Here are the possibilities, to help demonstrate:
OUTCOME #1 CAMPER INVITED ON DAY 1:
Day 1: AUG 6 ‘13 - Villager in boxes A new villager also just moved in (9 villagers total included boxed villager) You invited a villager in from campsite
Day 2: AUG 1 '12 - Boxed villager is gone (8 villagers total) Nothing else is new
Day 3: AUG 1 '13 - Camper is plotting Camper replaces random villager that would be plotting
Day 4: AUG 6 '13 - Camper has moved in (9 villagers total) Villager in boxes
Day 5: AUG 1 '12 - Back to 8 villagers, keep proceeding as normal
OUTCOME #2 CAMPER INVITED ON DAY 2:
Day 1: AUG 6 '13 - Villager in boxes A new villager also just moved in (9 villagers total)
Day 2: AUG 1 '12 - Boxed villager is gone (down to 8 villagers) You invited a villager in from campsite
Day 3: AUG 1 '13 - Camper is plotting Camper replaces random villager that would be plotting
Day 4: AUG 6 '13 - Camper has moved in (9 villagers total) Villager in boxes
DAY 5: AUG 1 '12 - Back to 8 villagers, keep proceeding as normal
OUTCOME #3 CAMPER INVITED ON DAY 3:
DAY 1: AUG 6 '13 - Villager in boxes A new villager also just moved in (9 villagers total including boxed villager)
DAY 2: AUG 1 '12 - Boxed villager is gone (down to 8 villagers) Nothing else is new
DAY 3: AUG 1 '13 - Random villager generated by game is plotting You invite a villager from camspite
DAY 4: AUG 6 '13 - Villager in boxes Random villager has moved in (9 villagers total including boxed villager) Camper is plotting (second cycle start)
DAY 5: AUG 1 '12 - Boxed villager is gone (down to 8 villagers) Camper has moved in (9 villagers)
DAY 6: AUG 1 '13 - No changes, no random villager will move in because you have 9 villagers
DAY 7: AUG 6 '13 - Villager in boxes (9 villagers total including boxed villager) (third cycle start)
DAY 8: AUG 1 '12: Boxed villager has moved out, back to normal 8 villagers
OUTCOME #4 CAMPER INVITED ON DAY 4:
Day 1: AUG 6 '13 - Villager in boxes A new villager also just moved in (9 villagers total including boxed villager)
Day 2: AUG 1 '12 - Boxed villager is gone (down to 8 villagers) Nothing else is new
Day 3: AUG 1 '13 - Random villager generated by game is plotting Nothing else is new
Day 4: AUG 6 '13 - Villager in boxes Random villager has moved in (9 villagers total including boxed villager) You invite a villager from camspite
Sakura's hair is long meaning that Sasuke spent some time in the leaf
Everyone was saying this and I agree. Judging from the length of Sakura’s hair, the way in which Sasuke interacts with her and kakashi and the fact that Kakashi became hokage & the village was restored, Sasuke was obviously with team 7 for a while after the war. Maybe over a month?
Now if Sasuke was laughing and smiling with Team 7 here, right after his fight with Naruto and the manga is about him being saved and happy with team 7
What do you think would happen if he has a few more weeks with team 7? Yeah that’s right they’d all be happy together i.e. Sakura and Sasuke would be cool with one another; no tension between them; she’s free to blush and flirt all she wants.
Sometime last Christmas, when the weather was sub zero, and the city had froze (remember the crazy ice-storm?!), a friend of mine asked if I’d like to join her at the Christmas Market. I still remember being so torn; to battle freezing weather, or stay warm n’ cozy inside? I chose the latter, and *still* regret it, especially as her snowy, Christmas photos were so beautiful.
It also meant that this year I was determined to head to the Distillery District’s Christmas Market (voted #3 best Christmas Market in the world by cnn.com!). Toronto’s Distillery District is a restored Victorian brick village, which is pedestrian only, and charming in every sense of the word.
The Christmas Market is known for a variety of food and merchandise vendors (hhmm apple cider and craft beer and maple bacon), caroling singalongs, multiple fun activities, and spectacular Christmas lights, all topped with with a magical tree. Also, because it has to be noted, it’s also known for its insane (i.n.s.a.n.e.) crowds (they actually tell you *not* to go on Saturday’s on their website).
Well, at the last hour, on the last day of the market I finally made my way there for a hot apple cider, a waltz on the cobblestones, and 3.2 hundred photos of the tree!
I will officially and formally declare that the tree up above was my favourite tree of all the public trees I saw this year (including Rockefeller’s). This may or may not be because it’s decorated exactly like my own apartment tree.
Around eleven, when we had had enough, we walked back to the subway (a decent walk from this area) and enjoyed the sparkle of this special season. Hurrah!
You are so confident, i really envy you. I have to be honest, i'm so scared because everytime Kishimoto has an opportunity to give us a SasuSaku moment he just changes his mind. I feel like dying when i think in chapter 685...I think i'm gonna die that day before even reading the fucking chapter. Give me some courage, shipmate.
Thank you so much. I don’t know what to say. Funny thing is, this fandom on tumblr actually helps me be more confident. Not that i am not confident of SS by myself but a positive and logical fandom helps. You need not envy me though, lol. I think I am confident because SS makes sense to me. I am a really logical person, however at the same time, I appreciate that this is not real life, this is a manga and the theme is forgiveness and never giving up. Therefore sasuke being dark or having his evil moments doesn’t deter me from SS.
If naruto can still be his best friend and love him after all he has done then i don’t see why sakura can’t still be in love with him or kakashi can’t still love him as a student (and a son - my opinion/ headcanon).
I thought it was understood that team 7 would reconcile with nothing really changing. Sure they’d be different but their love should not change. In sakura’s case she was given so much development, her love so much emphasis and her feelings so much importance for SS to not be canon.
Naruto has his hokage dream, sasuke has, currently, protecting the village and restoring his clan and its honor and sakura has her dream to live a life of love, with sasuke. Sure she wants team 7 together, but so does naruto. Her unique dream that sets her apart is her love for sasuke.
SS firstly is between two mains and members of team 7, one of whom is dark. It is linked and will always be linked to TEAM 7 and their resolution and Sasuke’s and Naruto’s reconciliation. What i mean by this is that SS, like these two events logically has to happen late in the manga. Sasuke being good again is needed for SS as much as it is needed for team 7. You get what I’m saying? If any ship has to get teased and postponed, it’s SS. Also let’s consider the fact that part one basically ended with Sasuke leaving sakura and sasuke leaving naruto. Those 2 need to be resolved and i believe this will happen in this final leg of the series.
You shouldn’t feel bad. The worst times of SS are over and we are getting the most attention we have gotten in years. 8-9 weeks straight of Sakura’s feelings being brought up, kakashi confirming her love to be on another level, reaffirming her love and her determination and sakura worrying about sasuke, thinking that he dislikes her and wondering how he feels about her truly. Not to mention her feeling sad all the time when wondering if he cares.
Now we have sakura being the one to save him along with obito. Naruto is preoccupied,Obito is dying, Kakashi is elsewhere. It is being heavily hinted that Sakura will be alone with sasuke now. If you consider the fact that she has been worrying about him and thinking about him for a few minutes now then it makes sense that now, upon meeting him, that she’d get some resolution to this issue.
This is shounen and everyone, especially the main characters, is getting a happy ending. This is not real life and this is not some Hollywood movie. Sakura is not going to fall out of love in the last minute after being in love with him for so long, even when he tried to kill her. She did not give up then so i don’t see why she would now, when he has returned, is fighting alongside the team and is somewhat good.
Ass would argue that she is realising in the last minute and what she always wanted is not what she wants now. I have 2 main issues with this logic:
1) Her not wanting to be with him now and realising this would only make sense if he is bad, a villain & beyond redemption. However that is against the theme of the manga (friendship, love,redemption etc.)
2) That doesn’t match up with this genre or this manga. She can’t suddenly realise after being in love with him at his worst. She had to realise when he tried to kill her for this to make sense. (her love is still being highlighted so what does that say? Wouldn’t she start questioning him and changing her attitude if she was realising that she did not love him anymore?
Hopefully this would make you feel more confident. In addition, you aren’t the only person who will feel like dying before chapter 685. WE ALL WILL BE FEELING THIS WAY. You aren’t alone. If i wasn’t busy with family commitments and the excitement of getting my results i would have already been dying of SS anticipation since last week.